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Periodic Table of Fashion

Periodic Table of Fashion

Just the thought of looking at the periodic table makes us cringe because of everything that has to be remembered. But thinking about how it has helped us know so much information by just looking at it, gives us some sense of relief. So, thinking about it that way, periodic tables aren’t a confusing problem—they’re a helpful problem-solver.

What if we make things interesting and give the periodic table a fashion-forward twist? Sounds crazy, right?

Well, we recently came across this really amazing periodic table by Sophie and Trey that every style enthusiast would love. The best part about this table is that it has everything you need to rid you from your everyday dressing woes, from color tones belonging from every category like jewel, neutral, bright and soft, to fashion articles to help you decide what goes well with what and how to accessorize your complete look. It’s more like your virtual closet that answers the most important question that you don’t normally get an easy answer for: “What should I wear today?”

Periodic table of fashion
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    With the help of this table, we decided to put you out of your sartorial misery and help you with deciding how you can dress yourself on a daily basis while keeping yourself connected with the trends. Well, they say you aren’t completely dressed until you wear the right accessories, so why don’t we see how these everyday outfits can be matched with the right accessories (by the way, they don’t actually say that, but you need accessories to complete your look along with smile, so why not).

    The essential fashion equation

    Yes, there’s an easy equation for this. If you have the essentials sorted, the rest is a piece of cake. You can pair your favorite top with your least favorite bottom, go with an all-black everything look and can also accessorize a rather casual outfit, making it look fancy. So, let’s give you the equation:

    Basic + Dressy + Fixer + Accessories   =  Your Wardrobe for Every day

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    Now that you have a clear equation, let’s work on unlocking this achievement of dressing up flawlessly every day without much effort.

    1. Begin with the basics

    Your basic section of the wardrobe is usually based on neutral colors and staples pieces. If you take a look at the table, a number of ideas to adorn your basic clothing needs will start popping in your head. A basic top in ivory, pencil skirt in charcoal grey accessorized with an ink blue pair of pointed toe heels and a satchel or messenger will make up for an effortless work look. If you are looking for a more exuberant look for your everyday needs, build your basic wardrobe with a mix of bright and neutral or bright and soft tones.

    What you’ll need

    • Basic tops and blouses
    • Sweat shirts
    • Tees
    • Pencil skirts
    • Maxi skirts
    • Culottes
    • Tailored pants
    • Cropped pants
    • A pair of dark washed and light washed jeans

    Trend alert

    Casual and minimal is actually the new black for this season. However, the rule has a stylish shift to it: the simpler the outfit, the dressier the accessories. However, for an everyday look, keep it subtle, without making anything look out of proportion. The table has all the right accessories for you to pick from. Keeping up with trends, the basic white button down is definitely a thing because the runways had them all, from shirts, dresses, to coats and jacket. The classic button down surely has elevated its way to the top.

    The pantone colors of this year: serenity and rose quartz can easily be integrated in your basic wardrobe because of their soothing yet versatile appeal. The colors can be worn both formally and casually.

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    2. Deal with dressy

    This is the category where you can be as creative as you want. You can get your hands on colors, prints, textures, patterns, shimmer or just about anything that can easily work as fancy or vivid. For your rather dressier looks, go with jewel and bright tone. If you really need to turn the colors down, then go for pairing them with soft tones. Tangerine, blood orange, cranberry and emerald green are colors that have a quintessential appeal to them and are just the right hues for night and evening wear.

    What you’ll need

    • Dresses
    • Skirts
    • Bold prints
    • Sequins
    • Fringes
    • Maxi Dresses
    • LBDs
    • LWDs
    • Skirts
    • Gowns
    • Slip dresses

    Trend alert

    There still is a love affair with the 70s going on in the fashion world. Designers for the season were particularly interested in incorporating the 90s and 70s with some modern alteration in their creations. Voluminous ruffles, Victorian and English floral prints, puffy sleeves, cropped details, fringed sequins, and the return of the slip dress all indicates that there is some serious 70s renaissance is happening.

    Make sure you have some romantic floral prints and dresses with bold stripes and solid color play hanging in your dressier section of the closet. Oh, and you may have not noticed but silk PJs with boisterous prints are now worn formally. So, if you really are going to go with the trends, choose the accessories and tones from the periodic table and invest in some glamorous silk PJs. A Spanish spin to prints and cuts was witnessed as a key trend on the runways; you can wear the trend through Spanish-looking prints in your dresses.

    For all the good reasons, off-the-shoulder outfits managed to stay in vogue for the season. So, if you catch your eyes on a ruffled off-the-shoulder top, get that!

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    3. Fix it up with the fixers

    The fixers are more like completers—the cherry on top. Don’t you always need a layer, a spring jacket, a cardigan or a belt to finish off the outfit details? Well, that’s what this little section of your wardrobe will be based on. You would not need much to add to this part but make sure you choose the right colors so that one fixer can work well with a number of outfits.

    What you’ll need

    • A light spring jacket
    • Simple pretty cardigan
    • Chunky belts
    • Scarves

    Trend Alert

    You will be surprised, but jackets and cardigans are still going strong in spring. In fact, they will be gracing the streets this year, more than ever. Why? Because that’s what we’re seeing in fashion shows and on runways. Jackets, sweatshirts, oversized hoodies will be all you need—yes, you can leave your pants at home. Pair them with knee-high boots and stockings to give your legs some cover. As for belts, they are the ultimate fixer and your friend in sartorial needs.

    4. Accessorize for perfection

    Your style equation is never complete without the right shoes, jewelry and bags. So, carefully plan this portion according to the table. You have a number of neutral and bright colors to pick your shoes and bags from. Take a look at the accessories in the periodic table, and you’ll know what you need for your day-to-day outfits.

    What you’ll need

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    • Bags
    • Clutches
    • Heels
    • Chunky sandals
    • Flats
    • Watch
    • Statement earrings and necklaces
    • Delicate ear studs and necklaces

    Trend Alert

    The trends in accessories are more or less the same; shoes get sequined embellishment stone details. However, the more chunky they are, the trendier. Thankfully, we’re still not being too hard on ourselves and going for more flats than heels. As for bags, invest in a chic half-moon bag and some bold colored bags with funky details. The jewelry has a standout element, but they are not heavy on the wearer, so you are free to wear those statement earrings and on a regular day; nothing’s better than a statement watch and delicate jewelry.

    Stay stylish divas, and get the table printed and pated on your wardrobe to minimize the struggle.

    Colors this season transcend cultural and gender norms. Vivid brights give way to excitement and optimism, though quiet stability prevails in this season’s palette

    Featured photo credit: Sophie and Trey via sophieandtrey.com

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    Last Updated on January 17, 2019

    8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

    8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

    In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

    Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

    Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

    Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

    Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

    The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

    There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

    How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

    According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

    Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

    Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

    The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

    Listen carefully:

    We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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    The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

    Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

    8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

    There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

    Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

    1. Pray Daily

    You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

    When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

    Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

    Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

    2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

    A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

    By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

    Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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    If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

    This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

    How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

    3. Smile Often

    Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

    Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

    Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

    The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

    4. Organize Your Working Desk

    A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

    When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

    Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

    Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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    5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

    I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

    Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

    What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

    6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

    God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

    I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

    I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

    7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

    You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

    How do you do that? This is my formula:

    First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

    If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

    If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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    If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

    Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

    8. Go Exercise

    Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

    The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

    You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

    12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

    The Bottom Line

    It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

    It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

    Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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    Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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